Batman gets makeover for small screen

Feb. 10, 2004 at 2:19 PM

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Batman will get a makeover as the Kids WB and the Cartoon Network partner to bring Bruce Wayne to the U.S. small screen in a new cartoon.

"The Batman," set for airing on both networks this fall, will be the third animated interpretation of the DC Comics character during the past decade, following "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Batman Beyond," Zap2it.com reported.

Batman also appears in the Cartoon Network's "Justice League" series.

"The Batman" will be set in present-day Gotham, but it will follow a twentysomething Bruce Wayne, who, three years after first donning the Batman suit, is still adjusting to his dual roles. He will meet the villains of the DC Rogues' Gallery, including the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler and Man-Bat, for the first time.

The Batmobile and other gadgets will also get an update, as Batman controls his arsenal via a remote control device called the Bat-Wave.

Veteran voice actor Rino Romano ("Spider-Man Unlimited," "Batman Beyond") will provide the voice of Bruce Wayne. Former TV Batman Adam West will play Gotham's mayor, and Ming-Na ("ER") will voice a detective.

Batman is also set to return to the big screen in a film, starring Christian Bale, scheduled for 2005.

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